Super Supplements for Immune Support

Superfoods for immunity

At this time of year, we start to think about stocking the cupboards with those immune system helpers we rely on to ‘get us through’. If you’ve already come down with the sniffles, or you’re looking for some super supplements to stay well this winter, read on for some easy tips!

  • Superfoods like bee pollen, cacao, matcha, and spirulina can boost up your daily intake of essential vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that help a normal functioning immune system. These beauties can be added to smoothies, food, or consumed on their own.
  • Moderate exercise and sunshine a few times each week can support a healthy immune response, as well as improving exposure to healthy sunlight for Vitamin D conversion. Exercise helps to move our lymph, a waste portal, around and out of the body.
  • The good bacteria in our intestine play a vital role in supporting our immune system. Keeping their environment healthy with fibres from chia seeds and beetroot is beneficial.
  • Having restful sleep is essential to a healthy immune system. Reduce light in the evening, especially blue light from devices so the normal hormone secretion can occur to help you get to sleep. Avoid coffee after three in the afternoon, switching to herbal tea instead. If you’re still struggling, try liposomal magnesium to support normal sleep patterns and calm the nervous system.

coconut oil

  • The lauric acid naturally found in Coconut Oil can be eaten on a regular basis to support a normal immune response. The properties of this Medium Chain Fatty Acid assist normal white blood cell functioning. Coconut oil can be blended into smoothies or bliss balls, or just taken off the spoon.
  • Keeping sugar to less than 6 teaspoons per day is vital to a robust immune system. Sugar depletes the action of the white blood cells, our key fighters of infections. Sugar is hidden in many processed foods, so choosing wholefoods is a better option. Coconut sugar has a lower glycaemic index (GI) than sugar and contains vitamins and minerals making it a healthier option for home baking.
  • When ills and chills find their way to the chest, it can be hard to breathe and sleep. The BioBalance Herbal Chest Care can help relax and cleanse airways of mucous, while the antiseptic nature of the herbs supports to get you back up and running at full capacity quickly.

The BioBalance range of superfoods, herbal formulations and liposomal supplements help to support overall wellbeing so you can stay well this winter. Shop their full range on our secure online store now.

Buffy Ellen uses BioBalance Coconut Oil

Buffy of Be Good Organics loves using BioBalance Coconut Oil in her plant-based recipes.

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Behind the Scenes with BioBalance ‘New’ Argan Oil

BioBalance argan oil

BioBalance have been sourcing Argan Oil from a women’s cooperative in remote Morocco for many years, but it wasn’t until 2017 when BioBalance staffer Lisa visited, that it really sunk in how much hard work goes into producing this amazing oil. BioBalance is beaming with pride at being one half of this sustainable business partnership — and in Morocco, the women workers and their children are reaping the benefits of their hard work.

The 450 Berber women in five villages in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco are all paid living wages for their work, and the money goes to them (not their husbands). They use this money to support their families while their husbands are away in the big cities seeking further income. The cooperative also supports the women with schooling for them and the children, Doctors visits and medicines for their remote area, fresh drinking water and lessons in traditional crafts such as weaving and sewing.

Argan oil kernals

When BioBalance found out that this product is created with such love by the Berber women they felt it deserved a revamp. Let’s face it girls—who doesn’t love a fresh, new look?

BioBalance Argan oil is now packaged in a 100% recycled cardboard tube, printed with soy inks. It will compost or recycle happily (unlike the old foil pouch) or you can re-use the tubes for makeup brushes or pens. The patterns and colours are inspired by local Moroccan clothing, tiles, and mosques that call the locals to prayer each day.

Inside you will find the same 100% cold pressed certified organic Moroccan Argan oil that you have been used to. It has an exceptionally high percentage of essential fatty acids, including linoleic acid (Omega 6) ensuring the repair and defense of your precious skin and hair.

BioBalance Argan Oil Fresh New Look

This product replaces the two Argan Oil products BioBalance used to have – one for skin and another for hair treatment. It can be safely used to moisturize your skin, tame your frizzy mane or nourish thirsty hair. It can be used as an overnight hair treatment mask, or rubbed generously onto skin. It has no nasty chemicals, preservatives or additives and is not tested on animals – it is 100% Vegan. The Argan Tree is grown in a way that cares for and nurtures the Moroccan environment and this Argan oil is created by a group of entrepreneurial women for women all over the world to enjoy.

Every time one of the BioBalance Argan Oil products is purchased, BioBalance will donate $1 back to the local women’s cooperative to help make more of a difference. This year the ladies are saving up to buy a vehicle to drive the children to school across the rugged mountain terrain to save them walking in the blistering heat and freezing cold. So, let’s make a difference! When women support women, incredible things can happen.

Watch Lisa’s Journey below:

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Shop BioBalance Argan Oil online now.

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BioBalance is officially a force for good with B Corp

BioBalance has B corp status

BioBalance is proud to be New Zealand and Australia’s first supplement to achieve B Corp status, which is something to shout about! This means that they’re committed (and accountable) to being better and a force for change, in the ways that truly matter for the world. There are over 2,500 Certified B Corporations from more than 150 industries in 60+ countries with 1 unifying goal – to redefine success in business.


What is “B Corp” and what does it mean?
A B Corp Certification assesses the overall positive impact of a company, not just it’s product or service. Certified B Corporations meet the highest standards of social, environmental performance, transparency and accountability to balance profit and purpose. They are businesses who are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more sustainable economy. Unlike traditional corporations, they are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions not only on their shareholders, but also on their stakeholders, for example their workers, suppliers, community, consumers, and the environment.

Society’s most challenging problems can’t be solved by government and nonprofits alone. The B Corp community works toward reduced inequality, lower levels of poverty, a healthier environment, stronger communities, and the creation of more high quality jobs with dignity and purpose. By harnessing the power of business, B Corps use profits and growth as a means to a greater end: positive impact for their employees, communities, and the environment.

This official B Corp certification helps BioBalance differentiate from pretenders, benchmark performance, save money and access services, as well as attract investors, partner with peers, and recruit and engage talent. And, it helps the wider marketplace see that there is ample opportunity to do well (financially) by doing good (for people and the planet)!
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What do companies have to do to get B Corp certification?
In order to become certified, a company must do the following:

1) Meet the Performance Requirement: Companies must complete the B Impact Assessment, which is a comprehensive audit of a company’s practices and policies. The company must earn a minimum score of 80 out of 200 points.

2) Meet the Legal Requirement: Adopt the B Corporation Legal Framework to bake the triple bottom line mission of the company into its legal DNA. This allows the company’s values to thrive under new management, new investors, and new ownership.

3) Make it Official: Sign a Term sheet and Declaration of Interdependence to make the certification official.


What does this mean for customers?
You’ll still be getting the same high quality, effective and affordable supplements that BioBalance is known for, but you can be absolutely assured that everyone behind the scenes is supported. With a global seal of approval, you can know that BioBalance is a force for good in the world.

We’re proud to support BioBalance and thrilled to announce this achievement. Shop online now for BioBalance high quality and B Corp approved products.

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Why you need Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Why you need omega 3 fatty acids

We often hear Omega 3 oils being called “Essential Fatty Acids” this is because our bodies are not capable of making them i.e. it’s essential to obtain them through diet or supplementation.

While plant-based Omega  3 fats are important, it’s the EPA and DHA from marine sources that are key for our health.

3 main components:
ALA (α-Linolenic acid) – from plant sources
EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) – from marine sources
DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) – from marine sources

EPA and DHA are the and very low in plant-based sources so must be obtained from fish or microalgae.

EPA and DHA are so important in fact, they are in mother’s breast milk. They are crucial for health throughout the lifespan, from prenatal development through to healthy ageing.

Once consumed, they are incorporated into our cell membranes. They are used to make chemical messengers which influence tissue health in joints, heart, brain and eyes.

Where you can get Omega 3s?

Best plant sources (ALA):

• Flaxseed (also known as Linseed)
• Chia Seeds
• Walnuts
• Pecan
• Hemp seeds
• Canola oil

Some plant-based Omega 3s can be converted into EPA and DHA but our bodies are not efficient at this job, so it’s only a small amount.

Best Marine sources (EPA & DHA)

• Mackerel
• Herring
• Salmon
• Tuna
• Anchovies
• Sardines
• Marine microalgae

Sustainable Omega-3s
For a better world, it’s important to choose sustainably sourced fish. In NZ the most sustainable sources of EPA & DHA are anchovies, blue mackerel, pilchards and marine microalgae. (According to NZ Forest & Bird Best Fish Guide 2017)

What’s the difference between EPA and DHA?
EPA and DHA work together, both are important for the health of cells in the brain, joint, eye, heart and blood vessels.
DHA is particularly important for brain health and function. The body uses EPA to support healthy balance of prostaglandin chemical messengers. EPA helps the body to broadcast good messages to support healthy tissue.

What are EPA & DHA important for?

Brain Health:
DHA makes up 20% of our grey matter.
Support for:
• Fetal and childhood neural development and mental focus
• Mental clarity and focus throughout the lifespan
• Mood and emotional well-being
• Maintenance of cognitive function in old age

Eye Health:
The optic nerve is made of the same tissue as the brain.
Support for:
• Eye growth and development
• Visual acuity, healthy ageing of cells in our eyes
• Fluidity of cells and membranes in the eye

Heart Health:
Support for:
• Coronary vessels that supply oxygen to the heart
• Healthy blood pressure
• Circulation
• Healthy triglycerides levels
• Healthy HDL and LDL cholesterol ratios

Joint Health:
Joint health depends on EPA for healthful messages.
Support for:
• Comfort
• Mobility
• Joint tissue health

EPA & DHA are also important for supporting healthy blood sugar balance and maintenance of healthy skin condition for positive ageing.

Eating plenty of beautiful, colourful fruit and veges will supply protective plant chemicals to support tissue health in these areas too.

At HealthPost, as our contribution to a better world, all our Omega 3 supplements are certified sustainable and comply with our strict Marine Sustainability policy.

Although fish are a dietary source of Omega 3 fatty acids, fish do not synthesize them; they obtain them from the algae (microalgae in particular) that they eat. For people who prefer plant based options, or want to avoid fish, BioBalance High Strength Vegan Omega 3 is now available.

This high strength, vegan omega 3 supplement derived from marine microalgae provides 100% of your recommended daily intake and has added vitamin D3 to support mood and a healthy immune system.

Shop online for BioBalance High Strength Vegan Omega 3 with D3.

TAPS PP3827
Always read the label and use as directed. Supplementary to a balanced diet. HealthPost, Collingwood.
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Raspberry Filled Chocolate Hearts

Valentines day raspberry hearts recipe

Treat your loved ones with these delicious, homemade chocolates filled with raspberry chia seed filling for Valentine’s Day.

Makes: 24
Prep time: 15 minutes
Set time 2-3 hours

Ingredients

Filling

  • ½ Cup frozen raspberries, defrosted
  • 2 TB filtered water
  • 2 TB maple syrup
  • 4 TB chia seeds
  • 4 TB peanut or almond butter

Chocolate

Equipment needed:

  • Heart shaped molds

Preparation

  1. To make the chia seed filling, combine the raspberries, water and maple syrup in a bowl and mash together with a fork. Add in the chia seeds and stir well. Set aside, stirring occasionally until the chia seeds have expanded and a jam like texture is formed. The mixture should be relatively firm – if not, add a little extra chia seeds.
  2. To make the chocolate, mix all chocolate ingredients together over a double boiler until melted and well combined.
  3. To assemble, add a small amount of chocolate to the bottom of each chocolate mold, filling about a quarter of the way. Next, add a small dollop of chia filling and a small dollop of nut butter filling each mold three quarters of the way. Finish with more chocolate, filling each mold to the brim. Gently place in the freezer to set for 2-3 hours.
  4. These chocolates can be stored and enjoyed straight from the freezer. Alternatively, let them sit for 5 minutes to soften slightly before serving.
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